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May 28, 2012

We Dare Not Forget

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain; for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine till all success be nobleness and every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

Katharine Lee Bates (Lyrics) and Samuel Ward (Melody)

Only in America.

I just hung up with my younger Granddaughter, Ellie Kate, after she called to thank me for my service in the United States Air Force.

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Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 3:47 pm
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May 21, 2012

Surely—Goodness, Mercy & Following

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:6 (ESV)

Sitting here this morning a smile again crosses my face as I recall a story I heard from a good friend yesterday.
The way the story went was that it seems that an everyday, typical Dad–I can identify–had been listening patiently as his three children–one age ten, another age seven, and the last one, four–complained about how bad they had it in their home. None of their friends had to do what they had to do around the house, and their friends’ parents always got them this-and-that to help them and to play with. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:35 am
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May 14, 2012

View from the Evergreen

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

I remember it as clearly as if I were sitting there today. It was a majestic tree, standing tall and always pointing upward. And the view from the top of that Evergreen tree was spectacular. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:32 am
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May 7, 2012

Hand-stand Trust & Optimism

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23 (ESV)

It was a few days ago. I was headed to the back of the house from the kitchen. It requires that I pass through the family room. Our younger granddaughter, Ellie Kate, was staying with me for a few hours and was watching a movie in the family room while doing various acrobatic exercises across the entirety of the floor. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 12:55 pm
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